Religious mission

Spread compassion

ADDRESS:

Heart’s Home Fra Angelico
st. Klonovicha 4/6, city Lviv 79005
Tel .: 38 (032) 2751076; +380932564219
e-mail: aguillet.uk@gmail.com
web: www.heartshome.org
Leader: Aude Guillet

 

History

1990: Fr. Thierry de Roucy established an international Catholic movement of mercy, Heart`s Home, to endow the poor, the lonely, the sick, and the disadvantaged with compassion and consolation, with a particular attention to children.

2000: The Church recognized Heart`s Home as a private congregation of lay people.

2005: The Heart`s Home movement receives consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN.

2013: Heart`s Home had 35 communities in 23 countries, with 176 volunteers of 20 different nationalities.

 

 

Heart’s Home Missions

Heart`s Home proposes to young people volunteer missions that last from 14 months to 2 years in one of 23 countries on 5 continents.

  • Volunteers base their lives on three pillars: Prayer, Community, and Service. They make Heart’s Home open to anyone looking for a minute of rest, time to talk, a smile, or the welcomed presence of another person.
  • Volunteers from all countries and all walks of life who have responded to God’s call can dedicate a year of their lives to serving the disadvantaged. Volunteers live in small communities around the world, in some of the poorest areas.
  • Through building a life on the fountation of intense prayer together, volunteers aim to:
    • Embrace and listen to disadvantaged children and their families, accepting them as they are, bringing them love, support, and comfort.
    • Build  friendly and trusting relationships with the poor and suffering, in their own environments.
    • Be a unifying link between street children, their families, and local charitable and social organizations.

 

The Heart’s Home Charism

Try to see the deeper meaning of life and personnal relations with people in every sphere of life - culture, evironment, studies and work, social life - bringing the gift of compassion.

To be a good Heart’s Home volunteer you must:

  • Have a desire to give 14 months of your life to God and to the most disadvantaged people.
  • Have good mental and physical health.
  • Seek God, and be ready to engage in an intense prayer life within the community, based on mutual forgiveness and mutual respect.
  • Try to separate concerns from joys of the poor, living with them in poverty.

 

Preparation for Departure

To become a volunteer you don’t need to acquire any special professional qualifications or skills, but before leaving for a mission you need to devote time to training and spiritual formation. The formation is conducted by members of Heart’s Home, aimed at preparing "Friends of the Children"  (as our volunteers are called) for their mission and meeting with another culture.

Formation Includes Two Stages:

1      Three meetings (weekends) between February and June; the first meeting is open to all who believe they have the desire and ability to go on a mission.

2      A 15-day formation between July and October.

 

Supporting Volunteers

There are two ways to support volunteers:

  • Spiritually: Daily prayer of a decade of the rosary with intentions for the volunteer, his or her community, and the people he or she serves.
  • Financially: Donaations, according to financial need, to support volunteers in the form of a one-time gift or a declared regular (monthly, quarterly, annually) gift.

During his or her mission, the volunteer will pray for all those who support him or her, and give regular updates thoughout the course of the mission. Everyone who supports the volunteer will know about his or her life and the children and families he or she befriends.

 

Different Appearances, One Charism

Volunteers:

  • Young people ages 18 to 35 years who live in Heart’s Home communities, giving all their time to prayer and service to the poor.
  • Students or people with professional employment who devote part of their time to sharing in the community life, prayer, and apostolic ministry of Heart’s Home.

Heart’s Home Villages:

There are Heart’s Home Villages in India and Brazil, where the homeless, street children, and disabled people find refuge and an opportunity for a decent life.

Consecrated People:

In Heart’s Home there are three groups of consecrated people: priests, nuns (Servants of God’s Presence),  and consecrated laity.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity:

Lay people who wish to live the charism of compassion and comfort in everyday life.

"Heart’s Home
doesn’t seek anything more than to be the smile,
the drop in the sea,
the hand which helps to live
and to love to the end,
which is next to each person to hold..."
Fr. Thierry de Roucy

(Source: www.heartshome.org)